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Design studio Objectry, known for its material-driven approach to form, recently extended their range of black pottery. They also let it be known that upcoming collections would feature clay, metal and stone. Switching gears, Objectry introduced a range of handmade, fired dark products made from stone and clay. CQ takes a closer look at how this series came to be.
Objectry describes its minimal and simplistic design philosophy in a simple statement – Current. Skill. Material. Balance. Explore. Their products are everyday objects that are meant to be conversation starters such as mugs, lamps, plant pots, bowls and clocks. They mention, "For us, a good design is simple yet hard to achieve, functional, original and finds it way back into the earth."
Believing that each material comes with its own set of properties and limitations, design decisions are made in favour of retaining natural finishes. The material dictates how the product should look, as opposed to adhering to some preconceived image of what a product should look like. Objectry also creates products through the use of Indian artisans and are committed to changing the notion that handmade is a term associated with products that are irregular or “rough” looking. They found that their designs were best realised by traditional craftsmen, with the final products (the ones conceptualised to look this polished) boasting clean lines and smooth curves. They expound, “Our endeavour is to create visually stimulating pieces to extend the preexisting language of design followed by Indian craftsmen.”
The idea of combining different handicrafts from two different parts of the country (clay work from Longpi, Manipur and wood work from Uttar Pradesh) eventually resulted in the black pottery series. Upon firing, the serpentine clay and weathered rock mix turns charcoal black with a distinct metallic lustre.
The products are formed using special tools and pinching techniques. Once dry, the pieces are heated to solidify into ceramic and then washed. The products are left with their natural finish and are devoid of any glazes. The wooden bits are later sized according to each piece and joined to them.
Some of the pieces in the collection have been mixed with pinewood to, in objectry's words, "create a crisp new design language for artisans specialising in pottery as well as wood work." The use of artisans also dictates the time frame involved. Typically, a mug will take about 7 to 10 days to make.
Objectry recently made new additions to the black pottery range of products as a means to explore the craft's potential. They go on to explain that while the craft has very Indian roots, it has global appeal and that the look and feel of these products have been emulated all over the world using other materials and techniques.
The products displayed on Objectry’s website are available for purchase. Their catalogue continues to grow while the studio remains dedicated to exploring new materials and reimagining everyday products.
Objectry products are available for purchase on their website.
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